Bisezhai Historic Rail Village

cultural regeneration

Bisezhai, near Mengzi, Yunnan Province was a key rail station and trading community on the unique Vietnam - Kunming narrow gauge railway built by colonial French engineers in the 1910’s primarily for the import of kerosene into Southern China. At the time, 27 nationalities worked and lived there. The Village has nationally protected French and Chinese buildings of the period, some 400 other locally built buildings, temples and disused factories. Priestman Architects won a competition and subsequent commission to develop strategies, masterplans and architectural concepts for the historic village, 2 other adjacent villages, and c. 8sqkm of land.


Bisezhai, Yunnan Province, China

Design Services:

Masterplan, Architecture concept design


2013 - 2015